Prince Armory Academy
Terms & Conditions 

Please read and understand our terms and conditions of use before purchasing any available content.

Let’s talk about the spirit of these terms and copyright in a very straightforward way. First and foremost, I want to provide legitimate value to you as a consumer of our products and services, and a fair experience for everyone who is also a consumer of our content.  And in the same vein, I want to make sure I can sustain this operation and keep doing just that. I put a lot of time in offering designs that are visually attractive, economical to produce, and commercially viable based on years of experience vending commercially myself. So I want to protect our IP and benefit from it as well. The goal is to create a scenario where everyone can win.

All available pattern designs are the intellectual property of Prince Armory and the Prince Armory Academy and are protected under copyright law.  This means you cannot legally share or reproduce the digitally share, alter, or reproduce our content, in whole, or in part.  

By default, most of our patterns are for personal use only.  For commercial use, please read below.

Thank you for your support and understanding!  Please keep reporting instances of possible abuse to us via our contact form or social media.

FAQ: Concerning The Commercial Use Of Patterns

All purchases require the selection of “I Agree” when checking out.  You must understand and acknowledge these terms BEFORE creating any item for sale using our patterns.  

 

What Does COMMERCIAL USE Mean?

Commercial use of our patterns means if you make a physical product made from our patterns, or even derived from them, and you part with it in any manner in which currency changes hands, this is commercial use.

What are the TERMS for selling a commercial product?

At this time we require one digital pattern product purchase per instance of commercial use.
See below for information regarding volume discounts.  We’re always looking at ways to make this process more convenient for sellers and to provide additional value.  More on that soon as new features are developed on the back end of the site.

Can I SELL PRODUCTS Made From Prince Armory Academy Patterns?

One product purchase is equal to one unit sold.  If you craft a piece with the intention to sell it, you should purchase a pattern from the store which will count as a license for this piece.  A more sophisticated system will be implemented soon to help manage licenses and offer discounts and rewards and other value to our community of entrepreneur students.

Why would I want to sell products from these patterns?

Most of our patterns are specifically made to also be commercially viable.  Meaning the patterns can be scaled and adjusted, which provides for multiple size options to increase the market reach.  And the lessons we provide mean you can heavily customize any design so you can make your products stand out.  The designs presented are ones we would use ourselves if we were selling at events.  They are crafted upon the foundation of many years of trial and error so you get to bypass countless hours of trial and error and just deliver a product that works, gets sales, and can be produced economically.  The patterns are priced such that if you invest the time to make a great product and sell it at an appropriate price, the design fee from buying the pattern is extremely nominal.  

Why do I have to purchase a license to sell items?

The designs themselves are our Intellectual Property and we are under no obligation to allow anyone to use them commercially.  The Academy designs are built upon years of experience in both artistic design and practical business application of creating a winning product.  The value-added in skipping countless hours of R&D and jumping straight into a commercially viable product is a HUGE value-add.  These designs are meant to be economical to produce, and appealing to customers.  We WANT you to have success in your entrepreneurial endeavors.  If you invest the time to produce a quality product with quality materials, the cost of the pattern license is fleetingly nominal and well worth the cost of admission.  If you do not agree, that is perfectly fine, you just cannot use our designs.

These terms also exist to protect you as a independent seller as well.  These terms mean that a big manufacture cant spend 20 bucks for a pattern once and suddenly flood the market infinitely.  The fee required is small enough to be absorbed easily by low-volume independent artisans, but sting for high-volume low-quality producers that might want to abuse the designs and cheapen their market value for everyone.

Can I Make Products for FRIENDS & FAMILY?

Alright, so you bought a helmet pattern, and now little Timmy wants one.  Do you have to buy another one?  The short answer is no, as long as it is personal use and there is some attribution (credit) this is generally fine.  If your friends and family network extends to the 8th degree of Kevin Bacon – and suddenly has a suit of fantasy armor… well, we might need to have a little talk… but in general, the spirit of this arrangement is: I want everyone who buys our content to get value from it, and I’m not trying to nickel and dime anyone to death.   

The thing that changes this dynamic is when money is changing hands. (IE Commercial Use)  If you are selling work created from the patterns in whole or in part then it becomes a commercial matter and I would hope that the effort invested in these designs is appreciated enough to warrant a small portion to cover the design fee because that is an additional value provided to you as a commercial entity. And the only way other than legal action we can be compensated by that is if you voluntarily purchase another unit on the honor system. One unit = one commercial license.  Get in touch if you intend to sell in volume and desire a discount.  Attribution is not strictly mandatory but is generally considered good form.

What about VOLUME production?

If you plan to produce a larger volume and you want to work out a more formal arrangement with volume discounts please get in touch and we can discuss the matter on a case by case basis.  

Can I SELL your patterns?

Not directly.  But, there is now an affiliate program available. So you can make an account and get an automatic cut of any sales you refer.   If you are an influencer, have a storefront, or other business interest, and would like to sell our products directly you’ll have to get in touch and we’ll discuss it on a case by case basis.

Can I SHARE your patterns?

To prevent abuse, the simple answer here has to be no.  I know full well there will be some who share the pattern with their friends and I’m not going to go chasing people down unless the scale of the problem becomes too large to ignore.  

What about OTHER scenarios?

Obviously, this list does not cover every contingency and is meant to help you understand the general guidelines.  Some may see the lack of a scary legal document as a free lunch opportunity – so to prevent abuse, it should be understood that our works and designs are copyrighted and are protected by law. And in cases of egregious abuse, legal action may be pursued.  Use your best judgment, and understand the spirit of the terms outlined here which I hope is clearly understood to be: “Let’s work together so everyone wins.”

Voluntary Compliance

Ideally, we want to create a system of voluntary compliance for those who wish to use our patterns.  So we’re going for a carrot first approach.  Those who are voluntarily compliant from the start will be taking part in loyalty rewards and receive other perks and additional access to designs and techniques.  And those who are not, will generally swiftly be called out by the crafting and cosplay communities who are familiar with Prince Armory designs.  We will be increasing our efforts to help makers and entrepreneurs to achieve success in their endeavors with knowledge and more designs and how-to content.

 

More To Come 

These terms are subject to change and more context and formal terms will be added in time.  

To anyone who notices blatant abusers, please document sightings and report them to us. 

We will be offering validation certificates and adding a partners area for sellers who are verified by us soon!

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